A National Firebird and Trans Am Club featured car is the ‘99 Trans Am 30th Anniversary Edition of Tom Joseph from Clarkston, Michigan.
Here is my 30th Anniversary Trans Am. It’s one of 292 coupes with a Hurst 6 speed. I drive it as much as possible in Michigan. Thanks to the National Firebird and Trans Am Club for all the technical advice and putting on a great shows every year!
A National Firebird and Trans Am Club featured car is the ‘78 Trans Am of Stephen Granato of Davenport, Iowa. Here is the story as submitted by Dwayne Johnson:
Stephen Granato, of Davenport, IA, acquired this 1978 Trans Am in August 2016 from an Illinois resident that had owned it since 1988. Originally a California car from Salta Pontiac in Long Beach, CA, it has the Olds 403 and automatic. Originally brown in color, it was taken down to bare metal and repainted in GM Lime Rock green by a local shop. The interior was completely redone by Stephen, with original style panels, covers, and carpeting. An upgraded stereo was cleverly hidden in the glove compartment to preserve the stock dash. Stephen also replaced all brake, fuel and vapor lines, hoses, fuel tank, a/c, brakes, window motors, weather stripping, all bushings in vehicle were replaced with Energy Suspension parts, shorty, ceramic coated headers and complete header back exhaust installed. Shaker hood scoop was made functional with an electric flap kit. Underside of car was cleaned and coated by Stephen. All of this was accomplished in time to drive the car to Detroit for the 2017 Woodward Dream Cruise in August 2017. Many nights, weekends, (and memories made) were spent making a dream come true. Time well spent on something to keep forever!
’69 Firebird of Ken Miller
A National Firebird and Trans Am Club featured car is the ‘69 Firebird of Ken Miller from Enfield, Connecticut. Here is his story:
My 69: As a new member of the club, I am sending you some pictures of my recently acquired 1969 Firebird. The car underwent a 6 year restoration to stock by the original owner. who reluctantly sold it to start work on another project, and needed the extra cash and space for his new project vehicle. He was very meticulous with the project, and the only modifications are the 69 Trans Am rear spoiler, and exhaust tips. The 400 motor was rebuilt with speed pro racing lifters and a Crane cam setup identical to the one Pontiac used on the 69 Ram Air IV engine. Even the exhaust was replaced with the correct factory setup with the single transverse mounted rear muffler. All of the receipts pics, etc. were sent to me with the car. Looking forward to hitting the many car shows and cruises when the good weather gets here, as well as putting some miles on her as well.
A National Firebird and Trans Am Club featured car is the ‘79 Trans Am S.E. of Ken & Darlene Szymczak from Dunkirk, New York. Here is their story:
It was November in 1978 that I ordered my 1979 black and gold Y84 Special Edition Trans Am. It came with the 6.6 403 automatic, 225/70R15 white lettered tires, the S. E. package including T-Tops, stripes and the “bird” on the hood, AM-FM stereo radio and power windows. All for $8500.
Everyone in our family has had the pleasure of driving and enjoying our Trans Am. Our son and daughter both learned how to drive in the Trans Am and passed on their first drivers’ test. It was also fun to see my mother and father driving the Trans Am.
It is hard to believe that this November it will be 40 years since I ordered our Trans Am. It still looks good and we get complements wherever we go. Who knew back then that it would become a part of our family.
We love going to car shows and sometime winning trophies and sometimes not. I display the original window sticker along with the build sheet. And the people are just amazed at what the car cost back then.
Now with my wife and me retired and all the memories we will have plenty of time driving the road hearing that great sound of our 1979 Trans Am.
In 1967, GM entered the pony car market with the Camaro and Firebird, which set out to redefine the genre.
A lifestyle vehicle, the Firebird was designed to appeal to younger audiences, while having enough available features to attract almost any kind of buyer.
This vehicle is an excellent example of a low production and rare true “pony car”.
The last year of the first generation Pontiac pony car. Designed to offer a little more luxury that the competition but still be affordable. The base models like this were just for young drivers and with engine options it turned into a formidable muscle car.
Built in November 1968, delivered in Indiana and taken to California. The second owner then brought it to Michigan and kept it as a Sunday cruiser, never taking it out in the rain. I purchased it unrestored in 1992 with 66,000 miles. Since then its been an ongoing project with a body off restoration completed in 2012. The body parts are all original with complete white pearl interior. The original drivetrain has never been apart and performs perfectly.
The unique thing about this car is its lack or options. 350 2 bbl, powerglide transmission, manual drum brakes and manual convertible top. The definition of the pony car – “Less Is More”.
Nicknamed the “Funtiac” this car has been driven as far as New York, Iowa, Kentucky, Pennsylvania and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Notable awards include: GM corporate award for best restored vehicle at St. Ignace, AACA National Senior and Grand National 1st Place and POCI National Gold Award.
I am Ken Meagher and my high school dream car was a Trans Am. Fueled in no small part by Smokey and the Bandit. It was out of my price range then but I never forgot.
I finally purchased one sight unseen off of Craigs List that was 150 miles away. I had talked to the owner and had friends go by and verify it existed. It had been in a field in Billings for at least 10 years.
I bought it and borrowed a trailer to bring it back to where I live in Bozeman Montana. My wife was watching when I unloaded it off the trailer and the drive shaft fell off. She nearly got sick laughing at me. I should mention that I have next to nothing as far as mechanical experience, just the normal replacing of alternators, starters water pumps and such. I always thought that restoring old cars would be cool and was impressed by the folks that do it.
Anyway, that was 7 years ago and it has been quite a journey. Hundreds of youtube videos, some watched over and over again right in the garage while I muddled my way figuring out how stuff goes back together. Many times I took long pauses as sometimes money was not available and working in a home garage in Montana can be pretty cold. The paint, also was something that I did not want to do as it had to be perfect. Lots of work on the sanding and prep though
At some point in there I joined the NFTAC and it’s been a great help as I tried to bring this car back to life.
Anyway, its drivable now and looks great and sounds great. Lots of little things left to do, but I wanted to share my story as it was worth every penny and every rough patch.
As you see I am the original owner and originally ordered the car. But it almost didn’t survive delivery! When it came in on February 4, 1971 I received a call from a friend that I better get up to where they were unloading the car because my ordered car was getting ready to fall off the truck!
It was on the top over the cab. We had snow and freezing rain the previous few days and when the driver put the car in reverse it jumped sideways partially off the right side and was caught by the A-arm.
A wrecker across the road in a body shop had a cable on the left frame holding it on! The only thing they could do was give it a quick pull and luckily it slid back on the track with no damage other than a bent brake rotor dust shield!
We kick ourselves to this day for not getting a photo of this occurrence!